All skincare products come with an expiry date once they’ve been opened. If you’re a bit of a skincare enthusiast and have a tendency to buy more products than you need, it’s likely there are a few products sitting on your bathroom shelf that have been open for years. Now is the time to spring clean your skincare collection, and importantly, to throw away any expired products.

Check for expired products

It’s important never to use expired skincare because the preservatives in them are only designed to work for the amount of time the product should be open for. This means that by using expired products, you could be exposing your skin to bacteria. Another reason to avoid expired products is that many active ingredients lose their effectiveness over time, so the product might not work as well.

To make sure you never have to deal with throwing away expired products again, it’s a good idea to rethink your approach to skincare. You don’t need to have lots of different products. Skincare routines don’t have to be complicated, just consistent, using high-quality, well-chosen products.

Get the Essentials

There are only a few products that are really essential to a great skincare routine. The first is a cleanser. Make sure that the cleanser you choose is adapted to your skin type so it doesn’t strip your skin or leave it oily. The next product that you need is an exfoliator. Exfoliation is essential for clear, smooth, radiant skin. Choose one that is gentle but effective and make sure that you only use it twice a week to avoid over-exfoliation. Next, you need a moisturiser. It’s important to choose a good quality moisturiser that will protect and hydrate your skin and is adapted to your skin type.

SPF is a Must

Take some time to research what extra ingredients your skin needs before making your choice. The last product that is absolutely essential to every skincare routine is SPF. It is imperative that you protect your skin from the sun as it is a major cause of premature ageing and pigmentation problems, not to mention the risk of more serious skin issues.

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